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Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) Exhibit Program

The goal of the KSL Exhibit Program is to serve as a visual engagement and physical access point for KSL. Overall, this exhibit program enhances the KSL experience and coincides with many of the Goals and Objectives of KSL as specified in the 2015-2018 Strategic Plan.


Objectives of the KSL Exhibit Program:

  • To highlight KSL collections and services that are otherwise unknown or underrepresented in regular library use
  • To encourage collaboration between KSL staff, students, and the greater CWRU community
  • To promote scholarship and projects from both KSL and the greater CWRU community
  • To communicate KSL and CWRU events and activities
  • To enhance KSL’s role as a gathering space
  • To educate and entertain



The exhibit program at KSL utilizes images, texts, artifacts, artworks, and multimedia objects to communicate an exhibit’s thesis. Both derivatives and original objects are utilized pending security, condition, and environmental circumstances. All KSL exhibits are designed to present objects of visual or scholarly merit while minimizing the possibility of loss or damage. Environment and security are routinely monitored.  


Exhibit Spaces

  • The Gallery @KSL is an open plan space located on the 1st floor of KSL. This space features modular wall panels and some secure display cases. This exhibit space is intended for exhibits with a high level of curation and designed for on-view duration of 3 to 6 months, requiring planning 6 months to a year in advance. The exhibit topics range from aesthetically focused art exhibits to idea focused exhibits for the humanities and sciences.
  • Exhibits @ KSL Special Collections is located in the Hatch Reading Room space on the 2nd floor of KSL. This exhibit space is mostly comprised of secure display cases and minimal wall space. Typically this exhibit space is used to feature items from KSL Special Collections. This exhibit space is intended for exhibits with a high level of curation and designed for on-view duration of 3 to 6 months, requiring planning 6 months to a year in advance.
  • Wall spaces throughout KSL provide additional exhibit areas for long-term decorative purposes or short-term promotional purposes.


All KSL exhibits are free and open to the public and are subject to KSL hours and policies. Guided tours of specific exhibits are available by appointment at kslexhibits@case.edu Visitors are welcome to photograph the exhibits, though flash photography is not permitted. Reasonable efforts will be made to ensure that all exhibits are accessible to everyone. Exhibits in KSL will not constitute a physical hazard or impede regular library use.



Have an exhibit in mind? KSL exhibition spaces are available! Likewise, are you student looking for an interesting practicum project? Please contact kslexhibits@case.edu

Exhibits in the Gallery@KSL and Exhibits @ KSL Special Collections are scheduled with a minimum of 6 months in advance.  Curation and development will be the responsibility of the exhibit proposer. This includes concept, object selection, image selection, artist statement/intellectual intent, and written captions. KSL may request the exhibit prosper complete a Lender/Borrower Agreement. KSL will provide a liaison to guide the exhibit proposer through this process and to establish a benchmark timeline. KSL encourages the creation of exhibit catalogs and the incorporation of multimedia technology; associated writing, editing, and formatting will be the responsibility of exhibit proposer.  Being granted permission to exhibit at KSL is subject to review pending a feasibility, security, and content review. Exhibits shall not be used to promote commercial or organizational positions. KSL reserves the right to cancel an exhibit. KSL supports academic freedom and the free expression of opinion as expressed in the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights concerning library exhibits.

Services FAQ

Can I print at KSL? What does it cost & how do I pay?
KSL computers link to 2 high speed, high volume printers. All printing costs 5 cents a page, and you can pay with with your CaseOneCard, coin, $1 or $5 bills. Printers are on the main floor and second floor, across from the elevators.  For locations, check our Maps.
Can I photocopy at KSL? What does it cost & how do I pay?
KSL photocopiers are on the main floor, third floor, and Lower Level, so you can photocopy books and journals. Copies cost ten cents a page on digital copiers, and you can pay with your CaseOneCard, coin, $1 or $5 bills.  For locations, check our Maps.
How do I know what's new and what new books there are?
Read the KSL News Blog for events, services, tools & more, that help you do research. Find it on the library homepage. New Books can either be an RSS alert for your subject area or you can browse the New Books Display on the 1st floor of the Kelvin Smith Library.
Where do I get change? / Is there a Change machine?
Use your ID as your cash, not coins & bills. KSL does not give change & asks you to plan ahead for printing and copying. The copiers & printers take $1 & $5 bills and coins, and will give change for a copy/print when there is suffficient change in the machine. Plan ahead! Activate your CaseOneCard ID if you are a staff member, faculty, or grad student.
Where are the Bathrooms?
KSL bathrooms are on all floors, always behind the elevators.  Check our  for more information.
How do I get a library card?
Your Case ID is your library card if you are enrolled or employed at Case. The first time you use it, staff will swipe it on a library computer to activate your library account and then you can use your ID at any Case library or OhioLINK member library, if your account is in good standing.
Is there a book drop? Is there a drive-up book drop?
KSL has a book drop in the front of the building, under the covered portico, on the Thwing Center side of the Main Doors. Currently, there is no drive-up book drop. The KSL bookdrop is open when there are no Regular Business Hours–when KSL is open, bring your items to the inside book drops. Videos & DVDs must be returned to staff at the Main Service Desk so the are not damaged in bookdrops.
Can I fax something at KSL?
KSL does not have fax services but Thwing Center, next door, does in Printing Services. Stop in weekdays 8-5:30 p.m. for information about fees, etc.
Does KSL have a SelfCheckout Machine? When can I use it?
KSL’s 3M SelfCheckout machine is on the Main Service Desk and can be used whenever you are in KSL! (You must have used your Case ID card at least once before at a Case library for a regular checkout with staff, so your ID data is swiped into the system.) Use SelfCheckout during 24×7, or whenever you need to save time.
Can I checkout the CPL@Case-KSL books and magazines on the KSL SelfCheckout?
Use the CPL SelfCheckout machine nearby the CPL@Case-KSL collections, with your CPL library card. The KSL SelfCheckout machine reads only Case ID cards and Case barcodes.

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